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Convicted killer, serial rapist Paul Bernardo denied parole

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Paul Bernardo in police custody in 1994.

The Parole Board of Canada says it is clear Paul Bernardo still lacks insight into his criminality and denied the convicted killer and serial rapist parole.

The board notes Bernardo, known as the schoolgirl killer and Scarborough rapist in the early 1990s, resorted to blaming his sadistic behavior on an anxiety disorder and low self-esteem. Bernardo talked about his lack of self-esteem at his parole hearing two weeks ago.

The board turned him down then, but only released written reasons on Tuesday. The panel says it doubts Bernardo truly understands the depravity behind his horrific crime wave in the Niagara peninsula in the late 1980s and early 1990s.

Bernardo, now 54, has done more than 25 years of his life sentence in a maximum security prison in Ontario for murdering two school girls, Kristin French, 15, and Leslie Mahaffy, 14.

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